The Cowards Save the Day in ONE PIECE: Adventure of Nebulandia

Many of my blog buddies know how much I love ONE PIECE.  If it’s about OP, I’m all about it.  But that doesn’t mean that I’m blind to its faults.  No, not at all.  I do my best, however, to focus on its positives rather than its negatives.  For example, when Episode of Sabo was announced, I almost couldn’t contain myself with excitement.  I couldn’t wait to watch it.  I even predicted that it was going to be the hottest release of August 2015. . .I was wrong.  It was mostly good, focusing on the reunion between the 2 brothers, Luffy & Sabo, but it lacked the oomph I initially expected.  Read “I Love ONE PIECE But I’m Just A Teeny-Tiny Bit Disappointed With Episode of Sabo for my opinions about the TV special.

one piece adventure in nebulandia poster

December that year, ONE PIECE released another TV Special titled “Adventure in Nebulandia” (アドベンチャー オブ ネブランディア).  With the underwhelming Episode of Sabo, I must confess that I didn’t look forward to Nebulandia even when my timeline was littered with trailers and promos about it.  However, I’m still a ONE PIECE fan to the core so it would be big shame for me if I didn’t watch it.  So I did. . .and I’m glad I did.

Rating:  😀 😀 🙂 (2.5 out of 5 grins)

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Adventure in Nebulandia is by no means the best TV special but it wasn’t bad either.  The story itself is unimpressive with the Foxy Pirates making a comeback and playing a big role.  I was never a big fan of Foxy and I was glad when the arc about him in the main series was over.

The Defeat of the Monster Trio & the Impressive “Cowards” of the Crew

Nebulandia starts out fairly strong, but it definitely doesn’t evoke any wow factor.  What immediately surprised me is the swift capture and initial defeat of Zoro and Sanji, two of the strongest members of the Straw Hats’ Monster Trio alongside Luffy.  Most of the time, it’s the monster trio who do the majority of the fighting.  It’s them who save the other members and who are depended upon by the entire crew when it comes to protection.  In Nebulandia, however, all 3 of them experience difficulties that take them out of commissions for awhile, forcing the crew’s “cowards” to fight and save their nakama.  It’s hilarious that Zoro and Sanji are mostly useless in this special.

Go Nami!  You rock!

I think that Nami is the most impressive in this special.  Of course the other members fight too but it is Nami whose feelings are felt the most by the viewer, in my opinion.  Just look at how she dives in, saves and carries the unconscious Luffy all by herself.

nami carrying luffy - one piece nebulandia

I’ll be lying if I say that the fight scenes in Nebulandia are amazing.  Unfortunately, I can’t say this.  The fight scenes are disappointingly pathetic and unimpressive.

The one scene that made me roll my eyes is when Luffy is defeated and appears to die.  All the drama as he “dies”, when it doesn’t even look like he fought with everything he has.  Another pathetic scene is when Luffy faints when it’s revealed that the bullet shot at him is blocked by Foxy’s pin.  I mean, seriously?  Luffy survived Impel Down and the Summit War, and he faints at a freaking bullet that didn’t even pierce him?  Come on.  Even a big fan of ONE PIECE like me won’t be impressed by this pathetic attempt to raise the dramatic tension.

An Antagonist You Can Sympathize With

Moving onto a more positive aspect of Nebulandia, I must praise the character of Komei as the main antagonist of this special.  He isn’t very dynamic, a trait that I look for in antagonists that I like.  However, the story does a great job in fleshing out his character and providing background history as to why he feels so strongly about his beliefs that all pirates are evil and must be eliminated.  I admire that he doesn’t rely on physical strength alone and he hates devil fruit powers.  He effectively uses his strategist skills, giving him the moniker “Great Tactician”.  He believes that wisdom is the most powerful weapon above anything else.  What I love the most is that he doesn’t see the Marines as the Ultimate Justice unlike other marine antagonists we have seen in the main series so far.  In fact, he isn’t averse in attacking his own colleagues if he thinks that the Marines are giving too much leeway to pirates.

komei - one piece nebulandia

Overall, ONE PIECE:  Adventure in Nebulandia is a good TV special.  I’m unimpressed with many of its elements, but I still find it a very ONE PIECE-like story.  For that alone, I’m quite satisfied with it.  It doesn’t stir me as much as an OP fan, but fortunately I don’t hate it.  I don’t “love” it, I just. . .like it.  I just wish that there was more substance to the story and more time and effort expended on the fight scenes.  I didn’t mention this above, but the music/soundtrack selection is also lacking, with a lot of silent interludes that would’ve made more interesting with the proper background music.

Would I watch this again if given the opportunity?  Perhaps.  I still enjoyed it, after all.  Would I recommend this to others?  It depends.  If the person doesn’t closely follow the ONE PIECE main series, I definitely won’t recommend Nebulandia.  I don’t want them to think that all OP fight scenes are as pathetic and as unimpressive as the ones in this TV special.  However, if the person is a ONE PIECE fan like myself, of course I’ll recommend Nebulandia.  

Have you watched ONE PIECE:  Adventure in Nebulandia yet?  If yes, what did you think about it?  If not, do you think you’ll watch it?

ONE PIECE Official Website (Japanese)
Weekly Shounen Jump’s ONE PIECE Manga Official Web Portal (Japanese)
ONE PIECE on Toei Animation (Japanese)

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Published by Arria Cross

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  1. I have not watched One Piece for a century now since I’ve been busy with watching other shows. The only thing I don’t like about one piece is that its like it will never end- unless the author dies or I kill him out of love (I heard he gets sick pretty often just by making the manga) No, I don’t hate One Piece (okay, maybe a liiiiiitle bit) since I find the story great, great characters with tragic pasts to boot, awesome battles, themes like friendship, love and justice and lotsa sacrifice to help others… yup, One Piece’s got it all for you (like SM shopping malls) but I want it to end, not when its popularity is already gone. Oops, sorry about that, I said too much today. Now, I’m depressed…


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    1. Ahahaha! Well, I hope that the mangaka finishes ONE PIECE before I die. Yes, he did get sick pretty often because he’s such a workaholic. That’s why he takes a week break every month, so that he can keep on creating this awesome series for a long time. It’s been announced that ONE PIECE IS 60% finished. Almost there. I’m kinda sad, but also very excited. I can’t wait to learn how everything will tie up together in the end. And if you kill him, I swear I’ll organize an army of ONE PIECE fans in seconds and hunt you down.
      SM malls. . .You mean “silong ng mangga”? 😉


      1. har har… “silong ng mangga.” The only SMs that I know are the malls in the Philippines. By the way, this may not be the best place to ask this but you once said as a reply that you put links to amazon in your posts for comission. I wanna earn a quick buck too so that I can buy more nendoroids. How do I go about on doing that? C’mon, ya gotta help a poor broke guy out, please?

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      2. Isearch mo ang amazon affiliates tapos mag-sign up ka. Hindi ako sigurado kung ano ang proseso pag nasa Pilipinas ka. Kada bili na gamit ang link mo, may komisyon ka.


    1. Oh yes. Since it sounds like you don’t follow the main ONE PIECE anime, I definitely won’t recommend this to you. For a start, I’ll recommend that you start watching the main anime series. I know, I know. It’s long with hundreds of episodes but it’s worth it. As for movies, my favourite is ONE PIECE: Film Z. Strong World is also good. The stories and character designs of these two films are by Oda Eiichiro, the creator of OP manga himself. So there’s more authority in regards to story cohesion, I guess. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. I hope that you get to watch ONE PIECE and become a fan like the rest of us. Take care. Cheers!

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  2. Great review and I love it. I agree with you on some points. I like One Piece but this special kind of meh to me. It did show some of the characters like Nami and gave them the spotlight and the villain was quite interesting compared to past villains. The drama scene with Luffy did sound ridiculous. In my opinion, I did like Foxy and his crew. This special made me like them a little more than the anime.

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    1. Thank you very much, Matt! It’s a long time coming. Ahahaha! Remember when we were talking about this special earlier this year? You immediately wrote a post about it while I wasn’t just feeling it. This had been sitting on my Drafts folder for months. Well, anyway, I did enjoy it. Nami rocked in this special bit otherwise, it’s forgettable compared to other specials, say, like the crossovers & such. Oh, I see. I didn’t like Foxy all that much even at the canon story. I couldn’t wait for the Water 7 Arc, so I wasn’t really looking forward to this Nebulandia special when I learned that the Foxy Pirates will play a big role in it. It was nice though, nostalgic even. Thanks for dropping by, brother. I appreciate it. Cheers!

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      1. You’re welcome Arria. I do remember when first saw this, you did plan on doing this review but it was delayed. I agree with you on this special. It was neat special that showed some of the side characters but it wasn’t really great. I did like Nami. I also didn’t really care for Foxy in the canon anime. I enjoy reading your One Piece sister. Cheers! Keep them coming! 🙂

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      2. It was delayed because I didn’t feel like writing the post about it. Ahahaha! But I figured that I didn’t want to just let the post sitting in my drafts folder for a year and so I just rolled my sleeves and wrote it. And now it’s done. Phew. Thanks a lot!

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      3. I bet it feels good to finally complete something that’s been on hold for a while. Now with out of the way, you don’t have to worry. Anything from One Piece, I like :).

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      4. Oh yeah Film Gold! I need to see that and the others >_<. I will be looking forward to what you have in store for us. High Five!!

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